I am going to try and start to bring you more days out blog posts, I love showing you all different places we have visited and then fun places we have found. It is really helpful for other families to come up with places to visit, and to show you all what is around us.

We had a lovely time at Titchfield Abbey with the kids, so when I asked them at the weekend what would you like to do they asked to go back there. So I thought I would show them somewhere like it, but somewhere new!

We also have Netley Abbey about 10 minutes away from us, Netley Abbey is the most complete surviving Cistercian monastery in southern England. Almost all the walls of its 13th century church still stand, together with many monastic buildings. John Constable came to paint here, and writers such as Thomas Gray enthused about the abbey. It is reported that Jane Austen visited Netley, finding inspiration for her novel Northanger Abbey (published in 1817).


Netley Abbey is much larger than Titchfield Abbey, with more places to explore. Beautiful stone doors to go through,


Windows to hide and look through, be aware I do not ask the dog to jump up, Hubby was helping Lily to get up to look through the window and Berkley jumped up into the window just as I took the picture! I do not agree with this but it did make me smile, he needs to get into agility as he loves climbing, and I also think he copies the kids too!


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It would have been such a beautiful building in it’s day, and then sun was shining for our visit too. We always look and wonder how they managed to build a building like this. How long it must have taken and the workmanship was fantastic.


We looked at hidden staircases, and saw where they were leading too and Daddy joking around saying ‘they never would have got a double bed up that stairs would they!’


They are all enjoying learning about the history of these places, I also think it is important to learn in a hands on way. To see the places you are leaning about, to look at the buildings, the stone, the pictures of what they think it looked like and all the history behind it. They absorb the history better this way, rather than straight from a text book.


Although I am not sure Lily gets the concept of things being so old, she thinks this was a hot tube! Not sure the monks had hot tubs are you?!



How cute are they, checking if Daddy likes butter with the buttercup.




We found a little hill to roll down, looking at the maps it shows they use to be steps leading down to a garden. With a walled edging around, so this gave them some great fun!

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However this ended up with tears, as you can see to the left hand side of the above photo there are some bricks hidden in the grass. Well Sofias head ended up hitting it, bashed her ear and cut and bruised her ear very badly. Poor thing.

So that was the end of our adventure at Netley Abbey, if you go just keep an eye out for hidden bricks in the grass!

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  1. What a great place for the kids to go and imagine what it is like in the past. I love that the kids really use their imagination to play around the building as well. It is quite considerably intact. Poor Sofias for bashing her head at the end. 🙁 Hope she is well and recovered now. Love your vlog by the way. 🙂 #WhateverTheWeather

  2. It looks like a great place to explore and you had a really lovely day for it, even if it was a little cold. Love the photo of the kids (and the dog) in the windows. They all seem to have loved exploring the abbey, love the idea of the abbey having hot tubs, what a great idea!
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

  3. What stunning photos! And such a lovely day out. I find it so sad but so beautiful that these abbey’s are in this state. I would love to explore them myself and imagine what they were like in their day!!!! It looks like you all had so much fun. Thank you for sharing with #whatevertheweather xx

  4. Netley Abbey sounds like a great place for you to go, get some fresh air and enjoy family time. The photo of the three of them looking through the windows with the dog is adorable, they all look like they found Berkley’s antics hilarious. I’m sure Netley Abbey is going to become another favourite on your family days out. Thanks for linking up with me on #CoutryKids

  5. How fun! I would love to go to Europe to explore old ruins like that…we don’t have too many here in the US, at least not in California.

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